We would work 40 hours/week, drive our personal 4-wheel drive vehicle, utilize a provided tablet and GPS device to map BLM roads throughout the designated areas. Joan and I would be one team in a group of multiple teams that traveled and worked together for the season. The entire group would move to an area and set up in the same campground. Then each individual team would be assigned their own BLM roads to cover. Once an area was completed, the entire group would relocate to the next area to be mapped. The company picks up our campground fees, fuel costs for relocations, fuel costs for personal vehicle use, per diem for each day your personal vehicle is used and a generous hourly pay rate for both Joan & I. We would be in an area for a few weeks before moving on to another.
We were stunned. It sounded like a dream job for us. Let me think about this for a minute......we would drive our jeep off-road every day; through back country roads and lands that very few individuals get to see; stay in each area just long enough to do some exploring before moving; visit 3,4 or 5 beautiful states over the course of 5-6 months; and be generously compensated (see paid) for our efforts. What was it Ol' Brer rabbit said....."Please don't throw me in that brier patch". So we accepted the job and should start sometime in April. Wish us luck.
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|Joan at work.|
Maybe this heavy lifting
restriction should be
extended a little longer?
I was released Saturday with a restriction from lifting anything over 10 pounds for the next few days. The doctors explained that once the stent was placed no other issues were identified and that my heart was 'fixed'. Their primary concern after the procedure is the incision sight into the femoral artery next to your groin. Should that sight leak, bleed or clog, it can have serious consequences. But all is well at this point. I started back to work Monday and plan on playing in a tournament next weekend right after my follow up with the cardiologist. No Problemo! Yahoo!
On our drive back from Florida this year, Joan and I discussed whether we wanted to continue and drive cross country each year or just fly home for visits. We decided that flying might make more sense. That being said, our decision 2 years ago to drive a Jeep Grand Cherokee for comfort rather than a Jeep Wrangler for adventure was no longer a primary factor. And with this new job requiring a lot more off-roading in back country areas, a Wrangler might make more sense. So we started shopping. We have really loved our Grand Cherokee and feel as though we've certainly gotten our money's worth. In the last 2 years we've driven 67K miles; got a crease in the passenger door where the wind whipped it open and it hit the front fender leaving a dent; several dents in the hood from hail in South Dakota; 2 small chips in the windshield; and an AC fan starting to make noise.
Wednesday we decided to trade for a used Jeep Rubicon. The stars must have been aligned because on the way to the dealership to make the trade, a semi truck on the interstate threw up a small rock and bingo....windshield chip #3. Then 10 miles from the dealer, the low fuel warning light came on the dash. I think we managed to milk all the 'goody' out of that one. We're excited about the new vehicle and all the new places and adventures we'll be experiencing with it.
You know you just never know what you might find as you explore the area in and around Lake Mead. We stopped Tuesday to repair a sign that lost a bolt and was hanging crookedly from its post. As Joan looked around the base of the post for the missing nut & bolt she noticed something quite unusual. A roach and a die. No not your scurry around the floor in the dark roach. And not a 'you've had a heart attack' die. But a die roach clip with a roach still in it! Probably explains what happened to the sign.
We joined a group of volunteers last week and took a tour of Hoover Dam. It's really amazing to think about the engineering and abilities of the folks who designed and built this in the early 1930's. Here's a pic of the turbine room. If you look at the top of the pic you'll see an American flag hanging from a 300 ton lift. At the bottom right, the insides of the actual turbine, the rotor which weighs in at 400 tons. They have to use 2 of the 300 ton lifts to remove and replace the rotor. WOW!
|Joan, Charlie & Steve|
During the tour one of the Dam Tour Guides approached us and started to chat. "Where ya' from?" "What part of Florida?" "Of course I've heard of Ocoee and Winter Garden. I graduated high school there. My brother is the barber in Ocoee!" Charlie was our tour guides name and his brother Larry still cuts Joan's dad's hair. What a small world!
|You learn something|
Now many of you may not know it, but I don't like to show pictures of food on the blog. Just my little pet peeve. So this pic is in the category of agriculture and plants. Joan stopped in the Dollar Store the other day and they had brussel sprouts still on the stalk. Never saw that before so I thought I'd share with you what it looks like. She cooked it up and said it was really yummy!
|David and Paul|
Shout outs to many of the Ritten clan. February seems to the birthday month for several of them: Happy birthday to brothers Paul, David and Michael; nephews Colby & Cody; and belated January birthday to Joan's son Sean. Happy Happy!
And a big happy birthday to Joan next week 2/11.
Well that's it for now. Stay Tuned. More to Come!